St. Augustine Wild Reserve
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St. Augustine Wild Reserve is a nonprofit corporation created as a rescue center for unwanted exotic animals. The Reserve takes in unwanted exotic animals as an alternative to euthanasia. Some of the Reserve’s animals came from abusive homes. Two wolves were rescued when their owner was involved in a fatal auto accident. Many of our animals were confiscated by wildlife agencies from individuals who held these animals without proper state permits, or who starved their animals, maintaining them in inferior conditions. Five Arctic wolves and an African lion were received from Michael Jackson, who no longer wanted them at his ranch near Santa Barbara.
The Founder of the Reserve, Deborah Warrick, has worked with exotic animals all her life, having received extensive training at the Los Angeles Zoo. She received her AA and BS degrees in holistic nutrition to better care for the animals’ nutritional needs. She earned her BS degree in biology in 2011 and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Wild Reserve offers tours on an appointment-only basis twice weekly. Because the tours are guided by an experienced wildlife professional, advance reservations must be made. Call 904.940.0664 and book your tour now!